The Electric Miles Project Wins at Independent Music Awards!

For Immediate Release 

THE 13TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Hudson Valley’s Own Chris Kelsey & What I Say Join
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June 3, 2014 – Hudson Valley-based Chris Kelsey & What I Say, a powerhouse quintet that celebrates the questing spirit of the great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, is among the established and rising artists named as the judge-determined Winners of The 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential, international awards program for independent bands and fans.

Kelsey & What I Say’s album, The Electric Miles Project, an updating of the innovative and controversial rock-infused jazz Davis made beginning in the early ‘70s, won top honors in the Tribute Album category.

The veteran artists and rising stars named as 13th IMA Winners in more than 80 Album, EP, Song, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories were winnowed from thousands of submissions from around the globe, and were determined by a panel of influential artists and music industry executives.

Known for championing original work by artists who follow their own muse, The IMAs provides Winners with performance, promotion and distribution opportunities that will place them in front of music supervisors, talent buyers, record label executives, and most importantly, fans worldwide.

“While the number of outlets that promote independent artists and new music continues to grow, audiences for these new media entities don’t have the influence of mainstream outlets,” said Martin Folkman, Executive Director of The Independent Music Awards. “The program’s goal is to gain exposure for extraordinary self-released and independent label artists and their recent recordings.”

The 13th IMA Judging panel featured exceptional recording artists including: Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson of Heart, Chiddy Bang, Suzanne Vega, G. Love, Sharon Jones, Laurie Anderson, Jim Lauderdale, Krewella, Shelby Lynne, Joshua Redman, Lunice, Chris Wood & Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, Hudson Mohawke, Raul Midon, Melissa Auf der Maur, Aoife O’Donovan, Judy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Arturo Sandoval, Band Of Skulls, Adam Agee, Dennis Diken, Nathan Currin, Lindz West of LZ7, Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria and Jonathan Steingard of Hawk Nelson.

The IMA Judging panel was also comprised of record label executives, club and festival talent buyers, music journalists, film & tv music supervisors including: Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Hillary McAndrew Plate (Lincoln Center), Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Jason Olaine (Jazz At Lincoln Center), Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter), to name just a few.

Artistry Has Its Awards

For more than a decade artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The Independent Music Awards.

Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry contact database The Musician’s Atlas, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion and distribution to connect Winners and Nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.

The program receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 70 countries on six continents.

 

Chris Kelsey & What I Say Nab IMA Nomination!

An official press release will follow, but we just this minute got word and I wanted to get this out there ASAP: What I Say's album, The Electric Miles Project, is one of three nominees in the Best Tribute Album category of The Independent Music Awards. The competition is heavy - we’re up against Latin soul diva Yolanda Duke and The Nutopians, a band led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare, but to be nominated is quite an honor in itself. More to come …

A recording of What I Say’s January 15, 2014 performance at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn - the entire concert. Enjoy!

Chris Kelsey & What I Say: The Electric Miles Project, LIVE EVIL Tonight at ShapeShifter Lab

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Tonight’s the night: What I Say’s NYC debut.

9:30 at ShapeShifter Lab

ShapeShifter is Located at:

18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(Between 1st and Carroll Street, off 4th Ave - Park Slope)

+1-646-820-9452

R-train (Union Street Station), Atlantic/Pacific Barclay Center Stop)

If you can’t attend in-person, live stream the concert here.

What I Say: The Electric Miles Project at ShapeShifter Labs

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What I Say: The Electric Miles Project makes its NYC debut on Wednesday, January 15th, at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, The show starts at 9:30 pm. The band’s on fire, so there should be plenty of extra heat to warm your musical soul on a cold winter’s night!

An excerpt from What I Say’s performance of “Agharta Prelude” at Dogwood in Beacon, NY on October 24, 2013. Listen … if you dare.

All About Jazz’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson Selects The Electric Miles Project as One of 2013’s Best

I’m falling so far behind on the self-promotional side. Now that it’s 2014, I finally notice that AAJ’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson followed up his great review of What I Say: The Electric Miles Project by choosing it as one of of 2013’s Best Releases. Thanks so much, Jeff. 

JazzTimes Reviews The Electric Miles Project

Don’t ask me how, but I missed this when it came out in October: Mike “The Law East of the Potomac” West’s review of our record in JazzTimes. Thanks, Mr. West, and JT!

What I Say: The Electric Miles Project at ShapeShifter Labs

What I Say: The Electric Miles Project makes its NYC debut on Wednesday, January 15th, at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, The show starts at 9:30 pm. The band’s on fire, so there should be plenty of extra heat to warm your musical soul on a cold winter’s night!